- Selected Works
Sticks in the Garden, 2017
Mixed media: spray enamel, metal leaf, patina, craquelure, rust, oil, 6 x 13 inchesBefore Everything Changed, 2017
Mixed Media: spray enamel, oil, metal leaf, patina, craquelure, 6 x 13 inches
- Past Exhibitions
Patte Reider Ormsby grew up summering on Cape Cod, and began her art “career” as a young teen selling driftwood paintings and her silk-screened T-shirts of seaside scenes. Today, Wellfleet, MA remains a large part of her life, and major inspiration for her art.
A classically trained fine artist, with a degree in studio art, Ormsby believes one must learn the rules in order to break them and has done that for over 30 years of continuing independent study. The mother of three grown young men, she lives with her husband in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
- Artist's Statement
“Timeless existence, celestial space
Due homage and credence to the delicacy of place”
From An Artist’s Poem by Patte Ormsby
“Sacred Places”, a series of new paintings is a celebration of the fleeting delicacy that is our earthly home; and, it begins with my most treasured of places, on the shores of the Cape Cod. Cherished memories, places in time, spent on clear cool nights under a timeless starry seaside sky, toes warmed by the sand, a gentle breeze, the sound of the sea, no worries in sight or mind, just the moment, the infinite moment. These are the holy things, the sacred places I want to share, to celebrate, to worship, to paint.
“Sacred Places” are mixed media paintings inspired by Italian Renaissance iconic altarpieces. The use of spray enamel, oil, metal leaf, patina, rust and more, in a process combining an alchemy of old master technique with contemporary composition, is my homage to special places and times it has been my privilege to know.